One would suppose that after thirty-seven years of running an event, the managers would have it down to a science. Well, given the feedback we have received, we can say with a substantial degree of confidence that the 2017 Pell Cup tourney was one of, if not the, best ever. We have just finished a fantastic four days of tennis and parties. Everything was perfect, including the handsome program created by Sheila Reilly; the pelican tiles given to players as a memento; the great cocktail parties at the Club hosted by Social Committee chairwoman Shirley Freitag and her hard-working helpers; the dinner at the Conanicut Yacht Club; and the sumptuous Sunday brunch prepared and served by the team led by Beth Winthrop; There were fantastic donations to the professionals’ prize purse. It is gratifying to be able to reward the hardworking and talented professionals who keep this sport vibrantly alive with their teaching and high-level of play. The 2017 Pell doubles matches were incredibly competitive at all levels. There were many close matches that took well over an hour to finish. The results are listed below. The tournament was fully booked two weeks before it was to start. Players came from far and wide and included new comers to the game as well as experienced veterans. We had many out of town players enjoying Newport and The National Tennis Club itself. There were many compliments regarding the tournament, with competitors saying it was the most fun and well-organized tournament in which they have played. A big thank you to everyone involved in making the 2017 Pell Cup so memorable! Below are the winners in the… Read the Full Story >
by Dawson Lane
By John Lumley We had players from Australia, the UK & the USA all battling it out for the U.S. Nationals U23’s & U26’s titles! In the U23 Singles Erik Barker and Freddie Bristowe had one of the matches of the tournament with Bristowe taking it 5-6 6-5 6-5 to progress him into the semifinals! On the other half of the draw No.1 seed Will Hoskin had his hands full with Pete Dickinson just taking it 6-5 6-5. Pete retrieving out of the corners superbly making Will hit constantly good shots. It was the No.1 vs No.2 seed in the final of the U23’s. Noah Motz off to a quick start was striking the ball with exceptional pace causing Will to make racquet errors giving Noah the first set 6-3. Keen to keep the pressure on Noah kept moving Will round the court and controlling the rallies and took the U23 National Title 6-3 6-2! In the U23 Doubles Ben & Pete Dickinson had a battle against the No.2 Seeds which were Will Hoskin & Freddie Bristowe. Both teams getting lots of balls back made for some exciting rallies with the No.2 seeds taking it 6-5 6-5 to send them into the final. They met the on-form Noah Motz & Erik Barker who took off to a flying start winning the first set 6-0! With Hoskin & Bristowe eager to do better they changed the game plan and started being more aggressive finding themselves at 5 games all. Barker with some great forehand saves from good cut shots kept them in the points where Motz finished the point winning 6-0 6-5 to take the U23… Read the Full Story >
Photo: From left to right: Dan DiBartolomeo Northfield Information Services, Presenting Sponsor, Rob Fahey Runner Up, Mike Gooding Head Professional, Camden Riviere Champion, Suzie Schochet Founding Sponsor, John Murphy National Tennis Club President. Camden Riviere defeated Rob Fahey 5-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 to win his eighth straight U.S. Pro Singles playing for the Schochet Cup title. Barney Tanfield defeated Darren Long 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the U.S. Pro Singles Satellite title. Amy Wintersteen/CJ White won the Pro/Am title 6-5 over Carey/J. Howell. Full report to follow, but in the meantime go to our 2017 Pro Singles page to see results, full draw and links to the matches on our YouTube channel by clicking here.
The 2017 USCTA Mixed Doubles had a small, but enthusiastic group of six teams representing 5 U.S. based clubs: The Tuxedo Club Prince’s Court National Tennis Club Boston Tennis & Racquet Club New York Racquet & Tennis Club Quarter-Finals The 1st quarter-final match was Francine Maitland & Dan Laukitis play smart & efficiently in a routine 6/0 6/2 victory over Jeanne Heffernan & Charles deCasteja. The 2nd quarter-final showed the ‘state of mind’ of the team from Boston; as Helen Grassi & Jeremy Wintersteen gave no quarter in their 6/0 6/0 victory over Suzy Schwartz & Rich Mueller. Semi-Finals Tournament favorites Amanda Avedissian & Ryan Carey took to the court for the 1st time versus Francine Maitland & Dan Laukitis. This was a very entertaining match with many long rallies and some fantastic volleying by all the players! Avedissian & Carey defended their pre-tournament favorite label in a 6/1 6/1 victory. The 2nd semi-final pitted the two most evenly matched pairs based upon RTO handicaps. The Tuxedo pair of Xanthe Ranger & Alan McHugh were hoping to improve upon their 2016 runner-up result. Grassi/Wintersteen continued on as a team on a mission this weekend, booking their spot in the final with a 6/3 6/5 victory. Final Grassi & Wintersteen continued their stellar play in the final; playing very solid tennis in taking a 3/2 lead in the 1st set. Avedissian & Carey after a lengthy chat on a changeover seemingly ‘righted the ship’ and ran off the next ten games and are our 2017 USCTA Mixed Doubles Champions! Congratulations to Amanda & Ryan!! The Back Draw In the 1st semi-final; the fans were treated to… Read the Full Story >
Claire Fahey successfully defended her World Championship over her sister Sarah Vigrass 6-0, 6-0. Claire then teamed up with Sarah to win the Ladies World Championship doubles title over Saskia Bollerman and Amanda Avedissian 6-3, 6-0. Report to follow, but in the meantime head to our Ladies World Championship page for full results by clicking here.
The U.S. Professional Singles playing for the Schochet Cup will be held in Newport at the National Tennis Club. Play begins on Sunday, June 4 and concludes on June 11. Steve Virgona has withdrawn from the tournament. Updated draws can be found below. PRACTICE SCHEDULE
by Lex Miron The third annual Spring Invitational and Pro-Am was hosted by the Racquet & Tennis Club May 4th-7th. Twenty players competed, of which twelve were professionals and eight were amateurs. The top four seeds were Josh Dodgson (Tuxedo), Barney Tanfield (New York), Adrian Kemp (New York) and Leon Smart (Boston). Other top professionals included James Asher (Philadelphia), Neil Smith (New York), Rob Whitehouse (Philadelphia), Chris Aley (Washington), John Woods-Casey (Melbourne), Manek Mathur (New York) and Eric Bedell (New York). The competing amateurs were Morris Clothier, Tom McGinnis, Shep Skiff, Peter Cipriano, Dylan Patterson and Zack Sacks, all representing New York. There was tremendous support by numerous USCTA Members through both donations and Pro Am participation. The Pro Am field of eleven was won by Chris Oberbeck and James Asher in a closely contested final over Luis Rinaldini and Leon Smart. The Spring Invitational began on Thursday evening with a flurry of matches. There were strong performances from Morris Clothier, who pushed Josh Dodgson to 3 sets; and Zack Sacks who took the first set from Barney Tanfield before the R&TC Head Pro found his rhythm and eased through. Tom McGinnis won a tightly fought contest against Asher, whilst Kemp, Smart, Cipriano, and Woods-Casey all won in straight sets. In the Quarter-Finals, Dodgson prevailed over Tom McGinnis in straight sets, after a tremendously close and hard fought opening set. Kemp defeated Neil Smith after dropping the middle set. Smart defeated Cipriano and Tanfield defeated Woods-Casey in straight sets. The final four were consistent with seedings in the event. On his home court in front of a packed dedans, Adrian Kemp went shot for shot… Read the Full Story >